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Where Art & Food Photography Meet | The Work of Nik Sharma

By Hanssie on January 10th 2016

Photographing food is not as easy as it looks. Don’t tell that to the folks who posts millions of typical Instagram food images every single day. Really good food photography is an art and requires a mix of ingenuity, creativity, and a dose of simplicity. Aside from tricks like adding weird, inedible items into food to make it beautiful and photogenic, simple techniques that create movement really adds a lot into a food photograph.


Sharma dreamt about being a chef since he was a child, and in 2011, turned to photography to capture his creations. Many of the images on his blog, “A Brown Table,” include his own hands holding food items – sprinkling flour, cupping a bowl, cracking an egg. He says in the video below, that “we really never see the people behind the stoves, cooking, cutting vegetables, and putting things together for us, who come from every walk of life. I hope that my work brings them into to focus.


I want to explore the act of food as it’s happening.

Sharma talks about wanting to “innovate” in not only in his kitchen but visually as well. This is what makes his work as a chef and as a food photographer stand out. Sharma was recognized last year as a Saveur Best Food Photography Finalist, and also by the International Association of Culinary Professionals for Best Photo-based Culinary Blog.

Watch Discover the Hands Behind Nik Sharma’s Food Photography | KQED Arts

[Via KQED]


Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Joshua parker

    im hungry now

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  2. Michael Henson

    Love his style! The lighting helps set his images apart as well.

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  3. J D

    This is definitely something that intrigues me. I love seeing how someone can make a average looking dish look amazing.

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  4. Lauchlan Toal

    Fascinating, thanks for sharing Hanssie. Food photography has such varied styles, it’s always interesting to see how a chef approaches it.

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